«VETERAN HUB» SHOULD BECOME PRACTICAL TOOL FOR REALIZATION OF THE SECOND STAGE OF NATO TRUST FUND ACTIVITIES IN UKRAINE
«Veteran HUB» should become a practical tool for realization of the second stage of NATO Trust Fund's activities to create a system of transition from a military to a professional civilian career in Ukraine», ‒ said Oksana Koliada, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, during her speech at NATO HQ in Brussels, where on Wednesday September 25 a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Military Reform was held
«Veteran HUBs», will work in each Oblast and provide assistance using the peer-to-peer method, they will become a «single window» of veteran services, in particular, education, retraining, employment. What services will be provided to guests, what problems to solve, and which - and this is important - to prevent. Those would be places across the country, no strangers here, everyone speak the same language and no preaching, no sorrow, no pressure and no interruption», ‒ noted Oksana Koliada.
She is convinced that the introduction of the second stage of the Trust Fund in partnership with the Ministry for Veterans Affairs will help to create an integrated national system for the social adaptation in this direction for veterans and servicemen who are released from duties, involving relevant organizations in joint activities.
«This will provide an opportunity to create a common platform for interaction between state and non-governmental institutions interested in the social adaptation of veterans and servicemen who are released from duties. The platform should unite state institutions, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and private sector. And all this will be able to work on a single platform «Veteran HUB» where not only veterans and military personnel, but also members of their families will be able to get the necessary services», ‒ said Oksana Koliada during her speech at NATO HQ.
The activities of the Trust Fund aimed at helping military personnel and veterans to move from military to civilian career, to return to civilian life after the war.
During the first stage of the Fund’s work, almost 12,000 servicemen and their families received the opportunity to undergo the necessary retraining. Meanwhile, in Ukraine there are already more than 380,000 combat veterans, so the continuation of the Fund activities in Ukraine is necessary.
According to the Minister, the realization of project presented at the meeting will be implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.